NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police at Central Connecticut State University are investigating after racist graffiti was found in a dorm on campus.
Police said a student in the Seth North residence hall found a racial slur and swastika carved on the back of a bathroom stall door on Nov. 13.
“It’s not something I was expecting to see at all,” said Winston Sanchez Martinez, the student who found the racist graffiti.
University leaders have since removed the carvings.
“Central has zero tolerance for all forms of hate crimes. These messages are offensive and impact all members of our community,” University President Zulma R. Toro wrote to the campus community. “The untold emotional damage to the groups who have been targeted should not be ignored. I am asking all of you to join me in supporting our friends and colleagues who are impacted by this crime and to speak out against hate and intolerance.”
Many students said they were upset to find out about this writing on their school property.
“It’s a little frustrating and sad,” freshman Jayden Meier said. “Like I said, we’re all just a big family here, so why would somebody want to do that?”
School officials said, “In addition to the criminal investigation, any member of the campus community found to be responsible will be subject to disciplinary procedures for violation of Central policies and regulations.”
Many students are hoping this won’t tarnish the school’s name.
“I mean, I am disappointed; I am a member of Central, and I don’t want that under our name,” freshman Grace Quinn said.
Campus faith consultants, faith-based student clubs and counseling through the university’s student wellness services are available to students who wish to discuss the vandalism.